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FCB JOBURG ASSISTS BRAND SA WITH BRICS BUSINESS FORUM

Sep 17 , 2018

The BRICS Leaders’ Summit is convened annually to discuss political and socio-economic coordination. According to account director, Leandra Moodley, the theme for the 10th annual BRICS Summit was ‘BRICS in Africa: Collaboration for Inclusive Growth and Shared Prosperity in the 4th Industrial Revolution’ and aimed to reflect the priorities of the BRICS members. “The agency was briefed to assist Brand South Africa and the Department of Trade and Industry with the BRICS Business Forum, one of several events making up the BRICS Leaders’ Summit,” she adds.

“Its… read more


FOR TRUE SEO, REMEMBER THE HUMAN ELEMENT

Sep 12 , 2018

A colleague of mine (a fellow writer, but not a website copywriter or SEO specialist) recently said,

SEO writing has deteriorated into basically choosing appropriate keywords for a subject, and then using them in vaguely coherent sentences to score highly in searches.

He went on,

In this day and age, in which people hardly READ anymore, what’s the point of strategising, optimising, carefully inserting and tweaking? Who cares if the content is largely vanilla, instead of deeply significant, client-specific copy?

I couldn’t disagree more and, because this is… read more


UPSKILL YOUNG PEOPLE TO MAKE THEM EMPLOYABLE

Sep 11 , 2018

In May Statistics SA released its Quarterly Labour Force Survey, which revealed that one in three young South Africans between the ages of 15 and 24 were disengaged from the labour market.

Put another way, 32.4% of the 10.3 million people in that age group were “not in employment, education or training in the first quarter of 2018”. That’s 3.3 million young people sitting at home, idle.

Unemployment is a structural issue which has seen little improvement in recent years and is one of the four critical dimensions impeding the country’s ability to improve socio-economic… read more


SA BUSINESSES BACK R100M POVERTY ALLEVIATION PLAN

Sep 10 , 2018

President Cyril Ramaphosa responded to this at an ANC lekgotla, announcing that the ruling party will tell government “to move with urgency to develop and implement a stimulus package to ignite growth that will lead to the creation of jobs, especially for young people and women”.

But eyes should also be on corporate South Africa to see how it will respond to these latest numbers.

One initiative that has quickly gained traction is the Mandela Centenary Campaign, whose vision is to raise R100 million for job creation and literacy in the year of what would have been Nelson Mandela’s… read more


IS YOUR INVESTMENT PORTFOLIO READY FOR OPPORTUNITIES 20 YEARS AWAY?

Sep 05 , 2018

Long-term investing requires thinking about what the world may look like in 20 years from now and allocating capital to those areas of the economy that will grow in relevance.

To capture the prevalent investment themes of the next couple of decades requires a different approach, and access is not always easy. Most opportunities, especially in the nascent stages, are not yet listed and therefore only available through private markets.

However, the hard work can be well worth the effort. Many investors such as pension savers have an investment horizon that spans more than… read more


6 IMPORTANT ELEMENTS EVERY FINANCIAL PLAN SHOULD HAVE

Sep 05 , 2018

As an investment planner at Liberty, in her view, one needs a “full-circle” understanding of what your financial plan is.

She lists 6 important features a financial plan should have:

Budgeting or paying off debt

Personally, Rampersad draws up a monthly spreadsheet. That works for her.

She also uses good budget apps to help her keep track of her expenses – in real time – compared to her income.

“You must identify your spending as you cannot deal with something you do not acknowledge – for instance what you really spend,”… read more


‘SA IS BEING RECALIBRATED’

Sep 05 , 2018

Ramaphosa made the remarks during his address to a breakfast meeting with SA business leaders on Sunday in the Chinese capital city of Beijing‚ during a state visit hosted by Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Xi was in SA in June on a similar visit ahead of the recent Brazil‚ Russia‚ India‚ China and SA (Brics) summit.

Ramaphosa said ahead of the two-day Forum on China-Africa Co-operation summit that the government needed to provide not just “policy certainty but policy consistency” to investors to attract much-needed foreign direct investment.

“We’re… read more


NEW LABOUR LAWS YOU NEED TO KNOW!

Aug 17 , 2018

According to law firm Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr (CDH), the bills deal with a broad range of labour issues including minimum wage, parental leave, disputes, and strike action.

The Bills will now be placed before a plenary sitting of the National Council of Provinces. If adopted, the Bills will be sent to the President of the Republic of South Africa for final assent and signature. Once signed by the president, the bills will become law.

Below CDH broke down the most important aspects of each Bill.

National Minimum Wage Bill

The National Minimum Wage Bill, together… read more


THE RAND IN RECOVERY MODE!

Aug 17 , 2018

The lira, the world’s worst performer this year, and South Africa’s rand led the advance as some investors say Turkey’s problems are unique and others look for buying opportunities across emerging markets, writes Bloomberg.

The rand was nearly 2.5% stronger in morning trade against the dollar on Tuesday, after sliding as much as 9.4% on Monday – the most since October 2008.

Bloomberg reported some analysts saying that there are few fundamental reasons for assets across emerging markets to fall because of the lira. Turkey’s problems stem from president Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s… read more


RAMAPHOSA’S SON MARRIES IN UGANDA

Aug 17 , 2018

President Cyril Ramaphosa’s son Andile was introduced by his Ugandan fiancee, Bridget Birungi, at a traditional marriage ceremony known as kuhingira in Uganda on Saturday.

The ceremony attended by high-profile guests was held at the residence of the bride’s uncle, John Patrick Amama Mbabazi, a former prime minister of Uganda in the leafy upscale Kololo suburb in the capital, Kampala.

Mbabazi, who handed over Birungi to the father of the groom, expressed joy that Ramaphosa’s family had met all the set conditions.

“We would like to thank you… read more